Friday, February 28, 2014

How to Upcycle Old Candles

Today I found all of the candles I have collected since we moved to Naples. Recently I switched over to a wax warmer because they are much safer and more decorative. I still wanted to keep all of my favorite scents, but I needed to downsize...somehow. 
So..I used the same concept of a wax warmer and melted down the candles into fewer jars. 

Upcycle With Old Candles

Supplies you will need...
Candles that are almost empty
Long wicks ($3 at Hobby Lobby)
Glass jars or mason jars (Dollar Store)
Oven mitts

1. Determine what scents and colors you want to use.  Stick with ones that will go well together, you will be layering them later on. 

2. Fill a saucepan with water, a quarter to half-way full. Heat the water until the water is hot, but not simmering or boiling. Carefully place a candle into the water. The candle will begin to melt. Do not allow the water to flow inside of the candle. 

3. Once the candle has melted a bit, dip the end of the wick into the wax, then into the glass jar you will be using as your new candle.  This will help the wick stand up straight. 

4. Once the wax has fully melted, use your tongs to lift the candle out of the water, then use the oven mitts to help you pour the wax into the new glass jar. If you have Ove Gloves they will work wonders for this step!

5. Allow each layer to fully cool before pouring the next.  If you don't, the wax will combine and make a gross color.  I learned the hard way with the first one I made.  

When you are done creating all the layers and the last layer has cooled, cut the wick to the length you want.

Enjoy your new candle with all your favorite scents!

(Don't forget to clean out and save the old jars for future projects!)

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